Why Jamaica Tourism is booming once the Dominican Republic is on a free-fall ride?

Why Jamaica Tourism is booming once the Dominican Republic is on a free-fall ride?

eTurboNews Syndication:

Is it safe to go to Jamaica? Could it be safe to go to the Dominican Republic?  Many Americans have been asking this relevant question before booking their Caribbean dream vacation.  How come happen to be Jamaica booming and the Dominican Republic in a tourism freefall? Tourism experts are asking this relevant question.

Jamaica and the Dominican Republic are two countries with an extremely different vision on how best to handle a travel and tourism crisis. Recent statistics demonstrate that Jamaica has increased its tourism by some 54.3%.

Unfortunately exactly the same can’t be said of the Dominican Republic. Latest statistics show here a 143% decline in tourism arrivals. The difference?   Jamaica is both proactive and honest in terms of tourism and tourism security.  When met with a nagging problem, Jamaica recognized the issue and solves it.

This proactive policy differs from what the perception is of the Dominican Republic quite.  Through the recent crisis, the Dominican Republic seems to have taken a defensive position and instead of acknowledging an issue tourists view it as trying only to wash it away.

Tourism in Jamaica is booming after Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Bartlett recognized an issue and sought to repair it. Concurrently, Dominican Republic tourism is in circumstances of free-fall following the deaths of 11 Americans in only one month who have been residing at the RIU and Hard Rock Resorts hotels.  The nagging problem became worse when reports surfaced of violent assaults.

Hard Rock Hotels and Resorts and RIU hotels chose never to respond to the countless questions this publication had, and the Dominican Republic tourism minister Francisco Javier Garcia blamed visitor’s alcohol consumption as an underlying cause of death greater than a dozen American tourists. RIU Hotel’s response originated from the top of Communication Martin Riecken at TUI in Hannover saying:  “This request is known as by us for a reply as concluded since eTN is making acquisitions.”

Jamaica has had another path.  When met with possible issues of property crime and sexual assault, Jamaica seriously took the accusations, adopted a proactive security policy and managed to get clear that it could conduct not just a full and complete investigation but would do whatever was had a need to assure the security and safety of its visitors.  The full total outcomes of this proactive policy is a record gain in tourist arrivals of 54.3%.

Leading Jamaica Based Resort Hotel Group Sandals,  & most other hospitality groups cooperated with both foreign embassies sufficient reason for the relative head of Jamaica’s tourism security team, Texas-based Dr. Peter Tarlow of safertourism.com. This cooperation has directly contributed to renewed confidence in Jamaica as a destination and contains provided a jumpstart for the reason that nation’s tourism arrivals.


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DIfferent from the Dominican Republic Hotels in Jamaica were attentive to eTurboNews, apart from RIU Jamaica  january in.  RIU corporate communication in Mallorca, Spain denied there is a nagging problem in Jamaica, when actually the hotel chain was offered more information on proven security and safety issues by this writer.

At once the Dominican Republic hired a U.S. based PR agency to downplay numbers and a for-hire researcher Forwardkeys published a written report saying that the crisis is apparently abating.  The truth is, Dominican Republic arrivals in June showed a 143% decline. Although hotels in the Dominican Republic shall not admit it, but reliable sources indicate that some hotels have occupancy rates of 20% or less.

Just this past year In 2018, the rate of unnatural deaths of Americans in Jamaica was 1.04 per 100,000. That’s greater than in the Bahamas (0.71 per 100,000) and the Dominican Republic (0.58 per 100,000).  By 2017, the rate of murders, homicides and non-negligent manslaughter in america was 5.3 per 100,000, in line with the Pew Research Center, citing data from the FBI. All this made the Dominican Republic, Jamaica or Bahamas a whole lot safer place when compared to USA in 2018.

Playing down an emergency is not the answer, says Dr. Peter Tarlow, of Safertourism, a global expert in tourism crisis and security management.  Instead, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, the Honorable Ed Bartlett, has asked Dr. Tarlow to head a team that’s conducting a complete tourism and safety audit for Jamaica and is creating a national tourism security plan. Week the initial results will undoubtedly be presented next, week of June 28 the, 2019, when Dr. Tarlow is scheduled to provide it at the Jamaica Ministry of Tourism in Kingston.

Concurrently, Minister Bartlett has opened the Global Tourism Resilience & Crisis Management Centre located at The University Of The West Indies. The nation’s Prime Minister, the Hon. Andrew Holness supported this important milestone in global travel and tourism security,  making Jamaica the real home of tourism resilience and an internationally benchmark of excellence in tourism. Other countries, including Nepal and Malta, are area of the Jamaican model and had opened satellite centers now.

longer is Jamaica regarded as a country with an emergency

No. Former U.S. President Clinton was fascinated when he discussed the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Center with Jamaica minister Bartlett through the recent WTTC Summit in Seville, Spain.

A preliminary conclusion to be drawn is those nations that embrace tourism security not merely become world leaders but it addittionally increases their nation’s economic prosperity and growth.

Author: George Taylor

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